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Centre for the Study of Youth, Children, Families Mission and Ministry

The Centre for the Study of Youth, Children and Families (YCF) Mission and Ministry aims to provide a space for research and conversations on evangelical approaches to ministry and mission among YCF, including a focus on how children, youth and families are integrated into the life of the church.

About the Centre

The Centre will host termly forums aimed at practitioners and academics seeking to explore the theology of YCF ministry. As such, the Centre aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in YCF ministry and grapple with the theological issues it raises.

While based at Cliff, the Centre will also work with a range of significant partners working in the area of YCF ministry, and a Council of Reference will ensure that the Centre focuses on issues that are relevant and timely for those working in this area.

The Co-Directors of the Centre are Gareth Crispin (Programme Lead for the BA Mission and Ministry) and Ed Mackenzie (Lecturer in Biblical Theology and Mission).

Upcoming activities

The inaugural forum of the Centre will take place in Summer 2021, and further will details will be posted here when available.

If you have any queries about the Centre, please get in touch with Gareth Crispin ( or Ed Mackenzie (